Mike Christophers to cycle 100 miles to say 'thank you' to Great Ormond Street Hospital for saving daughter's life

Mike Christophers with his son Edward, 11, and daughter Alice, seven.

Mike Christophers with his son Edward, 11, and daughter Alice, seven.

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A father and former cyclist will be getting back in the saddle to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital as a 'thank you' for saving his daughter’s life.

Mike Christophers, 34, of Nurserymans Road, New Southgate, will be taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in August in aid of the children's hospital.

His daughter Alice was born in 2006 with a life-threatening abdominal hernia, but thanks to round-the-clock care from the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s nurses and doctors she survived repeated respiratory and cardiac arrests.

Mr Christophers said: "Alice was treated at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital for ten months, 87 days of which were spent in the intensive care unit.

"It was incredibly difficult, but we had a lot of support and Great Ormond Street was incredible.

"Alice also had a respiratory defect called tracheobronchomalacia and a heart defect known as a vascular ring, and had 14 corrective procedures performed on her abdomen, trachea and heart.

"Her final operation, shortly before her fourth birthday, marked the end of a rather difficult part of our lives."

Mr Christophers hopes to raise £1,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to say a special thank you.

He has been cycling around 50 miles every week in preparation for the big race, which he hopes to complete in less than five-and-a-half hours.

He said: "There’s no question that I will finish the race, it’s just a matter of time.

"I was born into a cycling family, but I stopped when I was a teenager. I got back into it after Alice was born and it combines with helping a great cause."

To support Mr Christophers visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-Christophers or to get involved in the Prudential RideLondon on August 3 to 4, visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

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